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Extending WordPress: Requiring Plugins with TGMPA

WordPress theme developers have long used different means to require plugins to accompany a theme, since WordPress itself doesn’t provide the means to do so. Fortunately a library fills this gap and does so in a way that is easy to implement and maintains a familiar user experience. That library is TGM.

The Future of WordPress


A very eloquent review of where WordPress stands in today’s web and of what it can be made into. Includes ideas for where WordPress might go in the future, some criticisms, and input from notable community members. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to check the current view of WordPress. Some good discussion in the comments as well – whoever said comments were dead??

WordPress Glossary


The WPBeginner site has unveiled a new resource for WordPressers: a glossary. WordPress resources are abundant online, but there has not been a canonical glossary on the subject – the Codex is good for what it does, but it is not a glossary. WPBeginner have taken the initiative to create a centralized listing of WordPress-related terms, along with their definitions, and link to related content as appropriate (good SEO win for WPBeginners as well). It’s a good start, but there’s much more that can be added; the people behind the site are open to suggestions! They are also interested in volunteers to help with managing the glossary.

Read the announcement post.

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Migrated to SiteGround

I recently switched to SiteGround for hosting my sites, including this one. I lay out my rationale, along with the steps taken to make the move happen. I also reflect on the benefits of the move and how I found the process. logo

Curated WordPress News on

It’s sometimes a challenge to find quality content online about WordPress at a suitable skill level. Multiple sites have attempted to be a hub for news and other content about WordPress – some are still around, and others are not. The people of ManageWP have made public their new efforts on this front.

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